Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

Boulder man charged with assault over wife’s partial nudity

  • 15
  • October
    2014

A woman sat topless on a bench at the Boulder Transit Center. It wasn't the first time Regional Transportation District security workers reminded the woman her partial nudity was against RTD policy. The woman stated, until recently, she was never confronted by security guards her about the absent shirt, but guards told a different story.

Security workers stated the woman appeared topless at the transit center several times. Each time, the woman was told by guards her conduct was unsuitable. Going topless is not illegal on public property in Boulder, but other property owners do not have to tolerate the behavior.

Boulder fugitive given indeterminate sentence for sexual assault

  • 09
  • October
    2014

Criminal defense attorneys are adept in mitigation of consequences for defendants, when possible. Sex crime charges are some of the most destructive allegations a defendant can face. A conviction can mean the permanent loss of freedom, through Colorado laws that permit sex offenders to receive indeterminate sentences.

Life-long imprisonment or probation is possible for defendants convicted of Class 4 or higher felony sex offenses. According to the Boulder County Bar Association, the maximum supervision term is not fixed. Courts are willing to hold or monitor a defendant for life to prevent the repetition of a crime.

Traveling salesman accused of Boulder customer's sexual assault

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  • October
    2014

Some criminal offenses are so repugnant to society that defendants are found guilty in the public's mind before any conviction occurs. Colorado defendants charged with sexual assault require a formidable defense to challenge the state's aggressive prosecution. The defense must convince a court a defendant was innocent or create doubt that a sex crime occurred.

A traveling salesman, working door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions, was arrested by Boulder police after a customer's reported an attempted sexual assault. The 26-year-old Encore Inc. employee was accused of forcing his way into a woman's home and attacking her.

Boulder County felon jailed after firing shots in Longmont

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  • September
    2014

A 30-year-old Boulder County man is behind bars after a confrontation in front of the Longmont home of his former girlfriend. Authorities said the defendant admitted he fired a weapon, although he claimed the shooting was in self-defense. The man told a detective he was depressed about his girlfriend breaking off their relationship and disliked the woman's new boyfriend.

The unidentified ex-girlfriend said she was alone when the defendant arrived at her home. The former boyfriend allegedly pulled out a handgun and started waving it around. The conversation ended, when the man got into a Jeep, occupied by a male passenger, and drove off.

Boulder college student, 19, accused of child sex exploitation

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  • September
    2014

A Colorado conviction for child sexual offenses includes long-term, life-crippling penalties. Beyond imprisonment, an individual with a felony record may be denied education, jobs, credit and housing. Add to that misery a lifetime sex offender registration and supervision.

Criminal defense attorneys are highly aware of the seriousness of sex crime allegations. Lawyers also know evidence against defendants under these circumstances must be clear and convincing, beyond any reasonable doubt, to result in such harsh punishment. Flawed or false accusations can result in dropped or reduced charges, which can make a crucial difference in the years ahead.

Boulder judge: No bond hearing without competency result

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  • September
    2014

Although it may appear so to a defendant, the purpose of bail isn't to inflict punishment upon a person before a criminal case is decided. Bail is set to ensure that a Colorado defendant meets obligations in court. With few exceptions, according to the Boulder County Bar Association's Media Manual, bail is a criminal defendant's right.

Boulder prosecutors want a judge to revoke the $200,000 bond that has allowed a first-degree murder defendant to walk free for four months. The judge refused to proceed with a bond hearing until the 18-year-old defendant's competency for trial was resolved. Moving forward with the legal process before competency was established might compromise the defendant's constitutional rights, according to the judge's decision.

Colorado teen arrested following holiday crash that killed 2

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  • September
    2014

The calendar claims summer isn't quite gone but, for many people, the season switch happened when Boulder students returned to class. CNN filed a report before the start of the "100 deadliest" driving days of the year for teens – Memorial Day to Labor Day, when teen drivers and same-age passengers are more likely to be on the road for purposes other than attending school.

It's natural for teens and everyone else to want to enjoy the last days of vacation and summer with friends. However, teens' lack of experience and maturity may cause them to make poor choices, without considering long-term consequences. A high school student can feel compelled to test or break the rules.

University of Colorado student enters not guilty menacing plea

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  • August
    2014

Threatening harm to instill fear in a victim can be a crime. Menacing might be described as an assault by words or actions because in some cases, no injury actually occurs. For example, a stalker might be charged with menacing – the threat of violence is there without direct contact with a victim.

A University of Colorado student, accused of four felony menacing counts in late May, recently entered a not guilty plea. The case will move to trial in Boulder District Court next February. The continuing education student also was charged with a petty theft offense and misdemeanors for obstructing an officer and resisting arrest.

Menacing sentence deferred for ex-University of Colorado athlete

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  • August
    2014

Menacing, an action that knowingly instills fear of bodily harm in a victim, may or may not include physical contact. The method used to make someone else afraid can determine the severity of a menacing charge and may lead to charges for additional offenses. For instance, a stalker is likely to experience fewer consequences than someone who brandishes a weapon.

A former football player for the University of Colorado Boulder was arrested last winter at a party. The man allegedly choked a female party guest. Investigators used a Taser to control the ex-athlete when the man attempted to resist arrest and struck and slightly injured a police officer in the process.

DUI proof could upgrade Colorado driver’s assault charge

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  • August
    2014

Police investigators routinely perform toxicology tests upon drivers following motor vehicle accidents involving serious injuries and deaths. That may not mean intoxication is suspected. Many times, the tests are performed simply to rule out the possibility of a drunk driving accident.

At the same time, law enforcers may not wait for lab test results to consider filing accident-related DUI charges. A Boulder driver who appears impaired or fails a breath test potentially is up against very serious criminal charges.